Tern Sound Recordings Memphis TN

Local resource for tern sound recordings in Memphis, TN. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to tern sound recordings, tern song recordings, and tern bird houses, as well as advice and content on attracting terns, tern feeders, tern types, and tern descriptions.

Hobby Lobby Creative Center
(901) 266-4346
7986 Us Highway 64
Memphis, TN
 
HobbyTown USA
(901) 757-8774
9155 US Highway 72
Germantown, TN
 
World of Games and Hobbies
(901) 365-2080
2796 South Perkins
Memphis, TN
 
Nitro RC Chop Shop
(901) 794-0672
6099 Mt. Moriah Road, Suite 22
Memphis, TN
 
Going Western
(901) 872-7566
5008 Navy Road
Millington, TN
 
Mid South Hobbies
(901) 682-9402
733 N. White Station Rd.
Memphis, TN
 
Model Railroad & Hobby Shop
(901) 384-6500
1266 Sycamore View Road Suite 101
Memphis, TN
 
Church Hardware
(901) 332-1144
690 East Raines Road
Memphis, TN
 
HobbyTown USA
(901) 213-2682
2884 Wolfcreek Parkway
Memphis, TN
 
The Hobby Shop
(901) 682-9865
733 N White Station Rd
Memphis, TN
 

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Photo by Jim McCormac.

Listen to a Caspian tern.

What to Look and Listen For

The gull-sized Caspian tern is no wallflower, and as befits its character, the bird is not shy about shouting out to the world. Around water bodies, listen for a harsh croaking yip a bit reminiscent of an upset terrier, sometimes stretched to a longer, drawn-out jee-arrrr!. Melodic these are not. The carrying power of Caspian tern calls is impressive, and you'll often hear the bird before you see it. Look in the direction of the raucous calls, and before long you'll see a bird with somewhat labored rowing strokes, looking every bit the match of a ring-billed gull in the size department. The black cap and downward-pointing, large red bill will soon become obvious.

When and Where to Look

Given how widely distributed and common Caspian terns are in North America, you generally don't have to go far to see them. Many breeding colonies are well known, and if you visit one that is viewable, you'll be assured hours of fascinating tern-watching. Migrants can turn up anywhere, especially east of the Mississippi River, and can be expected along any large river or lake. Harbors and shorelines along the Great Lakes are especially good places to find migrants.

The migratory peaks across much of North America tend to be April and May, and August and September. Many southbound adults are closely attended by juveniles, which are evident by their scalloped brownish back.

Caspian terns are common in winter along southern U.S. coasts, and it is an educational experience to see them loafing in mixed flocks with other tern species. Florida, Texas, and southern California offer wintertime birders plenty of Caspians.

Feeding Behavior

Watching Caspian terns feed is always entertaining. Like black-and-white avian kamikazes, they barrel into the water from as high as 90 feet, but usually from much lower. Hunting terns tend to trace languid circles, carefully...

Author: Bird Watcher's Digest

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